What do you do when life showers you with cherry tomatoes? Experiment with different versions of salsas of-course!
Last spring a very dear friend of mine gifted us this tiny sun sugar tomato plant which to my utter amazement has grown over 5' tall (yes, thats 5 feet!) and is bearing fruits like crazy! When I planted it I expected a regular sized tomato plant only to realize within a month or so that the plant is growing frantically crazy. I had to quickly research my caging options. A trip to Home Depot later, I managed to cage the plant but two months later is looks like we should have bought the larger cage. Who knew a tomato plant could grow that tall!
A fun aspect of being a first-time gardener is you learn through mistakes. Now I know that there is something like an indeterminate tomato plant and the sun sugar variety falls into that - what it means is the plant will grow indeterminate only capped by the length of the season. In the world of indeterminate tomato plants, >5' tall plants are not that uncommon actually!
Sun sugar is a very sweet small tomato variety with a slight orangy flavor. Due to its sweetness and fruits tones its great for snacking as is or in salsas or salads. I made a roasted tomato pasta sauce, tossed it in salads here and there, snacked a lot on them and still the plant is laden with fruit! Got any cherry tomato recipes up your sleeve :)
Today's recipe is a simple peach and sweet tomato salsa. I made this quick throw together Mexican meal recently with a spicy black bean filling and a tangy tomatillo salsa (both recipes upcoming soon) and this slightly sweet, slightly sour salsa was perfect with the meal. If you don't have sun sugar tomatoes, feel free to use any cherry tomatoes.
|Vegetarian tacos with sweet tomato and peach salsa|
Recipe: Sun sugar tomatoes and peach salsa
1C halved sun sugar tomatoes (or cherry/grape tomatoes)
1 peach - chopped into small pieces
juice of half lemon
zest of 1lemon
1 small red bird chili - deseeded and chopped into small pieces
1Tbsp chopped cilantro
salt & pepper
Mix all the salsa ingredients together. Taste and adjust the seasonings per taste. Make atleast an hour before serving for the flavors to mingle and develop.